Farm bill passes despite President Trump's food stamp preference

Jeannie Matthews
December 14, 2018

A federal ban had effectively halted production of hemp for years over fears that it would pave the way for the cultivation of marijuana. It passed a second time around, but without any support from Democrats, who insisted they wouldn't vote for a bill with the new work requirements included. This year's farm bill extends that support to the dairy industry, which has been struggling with low milk prices, and to second-tier crops, such as barley, which can be used to feed livestock or as a cover crop during the winter - a nod to growing concerns about soil degradation from traditional farming.

"I want to be clear that I support the House having a full, complete, and open debate on USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, especially in light of recent events", he wrote on Twitter.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Sen.

Quarles believes Kentucky's unique history with the growth of hemp will allow the state to hit the ground with both feet running, if the farm bill becomes law.

Thune said that of the approximately 20 provisions he worked on that made it into the Senate bill, almost all the ideas behind them came from the suggestions and complaints of South Dakota's farmers and ranchers.

"I commend Congress for bringing the farm bill across the finish line and am encouraging President Trump to sign it". "The commodities that we raise and grow in South Dakota, whether that's corn, soybeans, wheat, livestock, we're always in competition with the rice and cotton and peanut growers in the south about how resources get allocated, which programs get adopted in the farm bill".

For instance, the farm bill permanently secures funding for a program that funds and promotes local farmers markets, as well as a program to research challenges facing organic farmers. John Hoeven said in a statement.

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North Central Florida Congressman Neal Dunn released a statement following the passing of the bill including: "While not ideal, the 2018 farm bill gives certainty to our farmers, foresters, and ranchers at a time when many producers are struggling".

"I am glad that we were able to pass a bill today that includes many positive provisions for our farmers", Sanders said.

President Trump has said he prefers a different version of the bill than the one approved.

Echoing Rounds, Johnson added, "Most importantly, I think it gives South Dakota producers the predictability they need". The most controversial element of the farm bill debate has been over differences between the House and Senate approaches to food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Republican outgoing Rep. and Gov. -elect Kristi Noem did not comment on the bill Tuesday.

McMorris Rodgers said she supported the additional work requirements, but voted Wednesday to support the compromise version without them.

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